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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa lauds Eddie Nketiah's development

Published on: 31 December 2019
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa lauds Eddie Nketiah's development
Eddie Nketiah

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa says Edward Nketiah has stepped up his game since joining the club.

Nketiah joined the Lily-Whites on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal during the summer.

The 20-year-old has become a key cog in the side after bagging five goals in 18 matches in all competitions.

Reports indicate that Arsenal are looking to truncate his loan spell in the forthcoming January transfer window.

According to Leeds United boss, the youngster Eddie Nketiah has improved during his loan with them though the Gunners believe otherwise.

Nketiah made his first Championship start for the club in their 5-4 win over Birmingham City and Bielsa said, “He came to Leeds with the goal to play but he had one more difficultly that he deserved to play.

“I think today he did good things. Obviously he's a player full of resources.

“I think the dynamic of the team forces him to make a lot of effort and he has adapted well to this and we have to say that he's a player prepared to put all his energy in the offensive play, not the defensive play.

“We attack with all of us and defend with all of us.

“He's a specialist and he made a big effort to meet with the team and add to the play."

When Bielsa was asked about Nketiah's future with Leeds, he revealed that a decision hasn't yet been made.

“I don't know when Arsenal will make a decision like that," the 64-year-old said.

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